ASEAN WEEKLY: 19-25 Feb 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 19-25 Feb 2018


Weekly roundup of ASEAN economic news and updates from local and international press.

Highlights of the past week • Digital ASEAN • Indonesia’s New Central Bank Chief • Thailand Q4 GDP growth • Cost of Metro Manila traffic jam • Singapore Budget 2018 • Johor as economic powerhouse • Vietnam’s new internet law • More TV channels in Myanmar • Is Cambodia a ‘Japanese beef-laundering’ hub? • Why Laos’ reliance on Chinese money could bankrupt the country • Brunei celebrates national day


  • Digital tech to help ASEAN unlock up to $627bn in productivity Read
  • Digital ASEAN – building a smart, digital economy with intelligent wifi Read
  • Taking the Asean trade horse to the water Read
  • ASEAN Must Confront its Domestic Workers Abuse Problem Read
  • Call for Australia to become ASEAN member Read
  • Higher education sector has much to gain from ASEAN links Read
  • Turkey’s rough road in engaging Asean Read
  • ThaiBev riding Asean acquisition wave Read
  • ASEAN’s FinTech Reputation Rubs Off On SMBs Read
  • Asean’s digital economy key to unlocking growth Read


  • Biggest Indonesian party backs President Widodo for new term Read
  • Jokowi Nominates Perry Warjiyo as New Central Bank Chief Read
  • Indonesia foregoing billions of dollars in investment, says US Read
  • Indonesia suspends infrastructure projects after string of accidents Read
  • Indonesia issues world’s first green sukuk bond Read
  • Indonesia joins China and South Korea on US trade hit list Read
  • Can China help tourist-hungry Indonesia create 10 ‘mini Balis’? Read
  • Improving Indonesia’s e-commerce experience Read
  • Indonesia expects to have more than 5 unicorns by 2019 Read
  • Beyond access: Making Indonesia’s education system work Read


  • Thailand attempts do-or-die leap to a technology-driven economy Read
  • Thailand Q4 GDP growth falls short of estimates Read
  • Digital economy tipped to reach $37 billion in 2025 Read
  • Russia floats idea of innovation pact Read
  • No rush to raise interest rates: central bank chief Read
  • Thailand’s military-controlled assembly holds key to election date Read
  • Thailand’s culture of impunity for the powerful causes backlash Read
  • Thailand ‘on digital transformation fast track’ Read
  • Thailand ranks high in SE Asia e-commerce Read
  • Thai automakers desperate to keep high tariff on imported cars Read


  • Now is right time for PH to open up economy Read
  • America’s Indefensible Alliance With The Philippines Read
  • Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row Read
  • PH loses ₱3.5B a day due to Metro Manila traffic – JICA Read
  • Philippine Holding Rate Is Appropriate for Now, World Bank Says Read
  • Consumption, investment to boost economy in 2018: S&P report Read
  • Duterte faces key test in pursuit of third telecom company Read
  • Alibaba’s Ma to partner Philippines’ Duterte Read
  • Japan projects in PH will be free from delays: Duterte Read
  • 7% economic growth ‘very achievable’ this year – BPI Read


  • Singapore consumer prices stayed flat in January Read
  • Singapore is hiking its sales tax, but not until 2021 or later Read
  • Singapore Budget 2018: GST walls for e-commerce without borders Read
  • Singapore M&OE remains relevant despite headwinds Read
  • Digital transformation to contribute US$10b to Singapore’s GDP by 2021: study Read
  • Singapore still competitive despite higher taxes, says Iswaran Read
  • Extend skills upgrading to foreign workers Read
  • Singapore should teach all children how to be an entrepreneur Read
  • Singapore’s migrant workers struggle to get paid Read
  • Freelancers may need more help Read


  • Strength in Malaysia’s economy drawing factor for global investments Read
  • Moody’s sees robust growth for Malaysia but leverage a concern Read
  • Malaysia not going bankrupt, Najib says Read
  • Johor poised to become economic powerhouse Read
  • Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, includes Malaysia Read
  • Malaysia’s Q4 labor productivity grows 3.6 pct Read
  • StanChart sees slower GDP growth this year Read
  • Paradigm shifts in the financial industry Read
  • Dr Sim: Crucial for Malaysia to focus on talent devt Read
  • Clear policy needed on foreign labour Read


  • Vietnam’s new internet law will make the economy lag Read
  • Does Vietnam’s future depend on middle-class development? Read
  • Việt Nam works to stop illegal fishing Read
  • Foreign investors register to invest $1.25 billion in January Read
  • Vietcombank to be among top 100 banks in Asia Read
  • City to pay interest for hi-tech farms Read
  • Digital economy is the future for Vietnam Read
  • Bank listing may boost financial sector: BSC Read
  • Vietnam to encourage informal sector to pay tax Read
  • Vietnamese expats contribute to thriving Vietnam-Australia ties Read


  • Number of Myanmar tourists rise despite Rohingya crisis Read
  • Belt and Road road corridors put half of Myanmar’s population at risk Read
  • Railway reforms in Myanmar pick up steam Read
  • Thilawa’s Daizen pioneers Myanmar’s logistics liberalisation Read
  • NLD economist questions effectiveness of new tax bill Read
  • Myanmar to get five more TV channels Read
  • Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state Read
  • Govenment adds targeted export products Read
  • Mandalay chamber to focus on SME loan and Chinese investment Read
  • Kyat hits 1.5-year high, expected to remain stable Read


  • Cambodia touts plan to slash electricity fees for businesses Read
  • EU turns screw on Myanmar and Cambodia over rights abuses Read
  • Doubling of Thai investments in Cambodia targeted Read
  • Cambodian Rice Body Faces Own Shortcomings Read
  • Is Cambodia a ‘Japanese beef-laundering’ hub? Read
  • JETRO guiding Japanese investment in the Kingdom Read
  • Cambodia, North Korea the most corrupt Asia Pacific states Read
  • Garment sector still plagued by truck bans Read
  • As business and tourism ties strengthen, Chinese media make strides in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia’s Ruling Party Set to Sweep Senate Election Read


  • Why Laos’ reliance on Chinese money could bankrupt the country Read
  • Laos sees marked shift in tourist appeal Read
  • Vietnam, Laos envoys vow close ties Read
  • Concerns over Laos dam’s environmental impact Read
  • Lao film industry finding its feet on international stage Read
  • Lao workers’ status upgrades in Thailand behind schedule Read


  • Brunei Darussalam 70th freest economy Read
  • The underlying reason behind Brunei’s cabinet reshuffle Read
  • China Has Bought Brunei’s Silence in South China Sea Dispute Read
  • Japan’s ASEAN Space Diplomacy: Is Brunei Next? Read
  • Brunei celebrates national day with massive parade, performances Read


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